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February 1, 2017 in Trinidad, CO
Edited by Zelda Knight
An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora
Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald
Of all the anthologies out there, this one is a 'must-read'! From the beginning with 'Trickin' by Nicole Givens Kurtz all the way through to the end with Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald's 'Ife-Iyoku, the Tale of Imadeyunagon,' Dominion is a beautifully intimate, frequently raw, often disturbing look through the Afro-futurist lens. From this perspective, these thirteen authors utilize alien and futuristic worlds as metaphor to examine such issues as racial prejudice, environmental destruction, technology and the preciousness of racial memory, women's inequality, crime as a means to survive, and war. At the root of it all, of course is the 400-year history of the slave trade, it's effects around the world put succinctly and with economical horror in the poem 'Emily' by Marian Denise Moore.
But, even as these issues stand front and center, Dominion does not preach. It is first and foremost a collected work of Afro speculative fiction with all the depth of magic and belief that is the legacy of the African diaspora. Woven throughout is a common thread of the ritualistic practices for the Old Gods blended seamlessly with the religions brought by the missionaries.
The editors of Dominion have curated and choreographed a deeply beautiful and profound collection. As you read story after story, the sense of the supernatural ever walking the Earth and beyond is unmistakable. The spirits, petty or colossal, will invade your space, and if you're not careful, your person, as they inhabit this anthology, ever watchful, often demanding and brutal, always present and expecting their due even as new Gods are birthed and welcomed, or not, into the pantheon, each ghoul or deity a mirror's reflection of the humans they haunt and representations of the ethereal rules that must not be broken lest the fabric of the universe be threatened.
--- Annette Meserve
An evening of Myth and Poetry